Video Game Design and Management

Design levels, gameplay, and mechanics and learn the storytelling methods used by professionals in the video game industry.

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Skills
  • Level design
  • UI design
  • Game mechanics
  • Project management
  • Usability testing
Careers
  • Game Designer
  • Tester
  • Producer

Requirements

  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (18 units)
Complete one of the following (4 units):
  • ITP-230x “Video Game Quality Assurance” (4 units)
  • ITP-280 “Video Game Production” (4 units)
Core requirements (10 units):
  • ITP-392 “Designing and Producing Video Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-230 or ITP-280]
  • CTIN-404L “Usability Testing for Games” (2 units)
  • CTIN-488 “Game Design Workshop” (4 units)
Electives (4 units):
  • ITP-230x “Video Game Quality Assurance” (4 units)
  • ITP-280 “Video Game Production” (4 units)
  • ITP-491 “Level Design and Development for Video Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-230 or ITP-280]
  • CTIN-458 “Business and Management of Games” (2 units)
  • CTIN-478 “Level Design Workshop” (2 units)
  • CTIN-497 “Interactive Media Startup” (1 unit)

Specialization (10 units)
Complete one of the following (4 units):
  • ITP-230x “Video Game Quality Assurance” (4 units)
  • ITP-280 “Video Game Production” (4 units)
Electives (6 units):
  • ITP-230x “Video Game Quality Assurance” (4 units)
  • ITP-280 “Video Game Production” (4 units)
  • ITP-392 “Designing and Producing Video Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-230 or ITP-280]
  • ITP-491 “Level Design and Development for Video Games” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-230 or ITP-280]
  • CTIN-404L “Usability Testing for Games” (2 units)
  • CTIN-458 “Business and Management of Games” (2 units)
  • CTIN-478 “Level Design Workshop” (2 units)
  • CTIN-488 “Game Design Workshop” (4 units)
  • CTIN-497 “Interactive Media Startup” (1 unit)

Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major adviser about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our advisement team with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.


Next steps

How can I add this program?

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